unworthiness to inherit (Erbunwürdigkeit)

Pursuant to § 2339 BGB, an individual is unworthy to inherit:

  1. if he/she has intentionally and unlawfully killed or attempted to kill the deceased, or has put him in a state as a result of which the deceased was incapable until his death of making or revoking a will or other disposition mortis causa,
  2. if he/she has intentionally and unlawfully prevented the deceased from making or revoking a will or other disposition mortis causa,
  3. if he/she has, by deceit or unlawfully by duress, induced the deceased to make or revoke a will or other disposition mortis causa,
  4. if he/she is, in respect of a will or other disposition mortis causa made by the deceased, guilty of a criminal offence under the provisions of §§ 267, 271 to 274 of the Criminal Code. 

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